⏪ 5 Ways to Avoid “Writer’s Block” ⏩
We know the term “Writer’s Block” to mean this:
“the condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing.”
As creatives, we can all experience our own form of “writer’s block” in our specific field of creativity. Whether you’re a songwriter, author, photographer, or artist, at some point you’ve experienced a lull in your creative flow. You send the bucket down into your creative well and pull it buck up dryer than it was on the way down. How do we overcome this age-old “wall” that we can hit as creative thinkers and developers?
- Stay Inspired
- The best way to avoid this block is to stay inspired. Keep the things that inspire you close and find ways to keep it in front of you. Maybe it’s subscribing to a blog, listening to a podcast, listening to music, doing coffee with a friend and hearing their story, etc. Find what inspires you and let that filter everything you do.
- Surround Yourself with the Right People
- Whether you like it or not, when your parents told you, “you become who you hang out with” they were RIGHT! If you don’t surround yourself with the right people, you’ll never be pushed to do anything different and you’ll stayed pinned up against the wall of “writer’s block”. Surround yourself with people that are better than you, and it will take you further than you could ever go on your own.
- Don’t Waste Anything
- In Episode 8, Jeff Frankenstein talks about the idea of nothing being wasted. Keep every project that you work on; writing, producing, shooting video, photos, etc. You never know when you’ll need to look back on past work and use it for something new, or be inspired to re-create the same idea! Build that portfolio!
- Stop Being a Perfectionist
- Done is better than perfect. Every. Time. Don’t let the fleeting idea that everything has to be perfect paralyze your creative workflow. Sometime you just have to bounce the project. post the blog, or send the book to the publisher. If you never finish, you’ll never break through the nasty web of writer’s block.
- Create from the Heart
- Last but not least, create from a deeper place. If you want to beat writer’s block, create from your heart and create what inspires YOU. If you get inspired by your own creation, there’s a great chance that there’s someone out there that will feel the exact same way.
While we can’t guarantee that your case of “writer’s block” will be pulverized by these steps, but there’s a good chance that you’ll have a breakthrough as long as you keep chipping away at the wall. We all have moments of doubt and frustration with our work, but it’s the ones that cross the finish line that get the trophy. Get out there and work harder than you did yesterday. ⏪